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Kimberly Schools Adjust To Climbing Enrollment
Kimberly, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Kimberly schools are dealing with a major jump in student numbers. That's because of the area's population boom.
Like other schools in the Magic Valley, Kimberly Is part of a growing list seeing an influx of new students. In the last two years, enrollment in the district has jumped twelve percent. That translates to 200 new students, bringing the total to 1700 students in the district.
Kimberly Superintendent Luke Schroeder says, "We did an analysis in the elementary, and we determined 80 percent of our new students' parents were employed at St. Luke's. We also have a high number of executives from Glanbia that live in our community."
Kimberly Middle School has seen the biggest increase, jumping from 340 students two years ago to now 415 students, an increase of more than 20 percent. That has teachers changing the way they do things.
English teacher Nikki Mathews says, "Time, how much time it takes to get an assignment done. Or doing in-class activities, grading that way, too. Shortening what I assign so that it's not so overwhelming to grade."
Kimberly Middle School added an additional seventh grade teacher to help keep class sizes manageable. An emergency levy paid for two half time paraprofessionals in Kimberly's sixth grade classes. That helps keep class sizes below 30 students.
Schroeder says, "Because of the building which took place in 2008, we've been able to accommodate the current growth. But we're getting close to reaching capacity in all of our buildings."
For this thriving and growing community, that means big changes in the not so distant future.
October 9, 2013.